100 Suspected ‘Badoo’ Cult Members Arrested In Lagos

100 Suspected 'Badoo' Cult Members Arrested In Lagos
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The Lagos State Government says it has arrested 100 suspected members of the dreaded cult group, Badoo who have been terrorising residents in the Ikorodu axis of the state.

This is just as the government cautioned residents to desist from carrying out jungle justice on suspected members of the gang, saying it would leave no stone unturned to bring the perpetrators of any dastardly act to justice.

The members of the Badoo cult group have been fingered in violent killings in Ikorodu axis for some time, a development which had prompted some suspected members of the group to be lynched through mob action.

According to a statement from the spokesman for the Lagos State Police Command, Folarin Famous-Cole, the 100 suspects were arrested in a joint operation carried out by men of the Command, Rapid Response Squad (RRS) as well as members of the Odua People’s Congress (OPC) and local vigilantes in Ikorodu on Saturday.

The team, in the operation which started early in morning, moved around Ikorodu and combed the suspected hideouts of members of the gang from streets to streets.

The combined security team led by Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of Operations, Lagos Police Command, Mr Imohimi Edgal and the RRS Commander, Olatunji Disu, specifically combed black spots and suspected areas like Ikorodu, Ibeshe, Ita Maja, Ijede, Ipakodo and other areas, arresting about 100 suspects for questioning.

Mr Famous–Cole said about 40 police and RRS vehicles were used for the operation, adding that the exercise was part of the ongoing efforts to rid Lagos State of the activities of the dreaded cult group.

“We can confirm the arrest of 100 suspected members of the dreaded cult group, Badoo and they are helping with ongoing investigation into the activities of the gang. Government is on top of the situation and we like to use this medium to caution the people to desist from jungle justice.

“We’ll also like to assure residents that they are free to go about their normal activities without hindrance, as the police and other security agencies in the state are poised to make the state uncomfortable and hot for criminal elements to perpetrate their nefarious activities,” he said.

Court Remands Men In Prison For Parading As Secret Cult Members

Court Remands Men In Prison For Parading As Secret Cult MembersAn Ile-Ife Magistrate Court on Friday remanded three accused persons: Omidiran Abayomi, 24; Arowolo Olayemi, 18 and Ademola Elijah, 21, in prison custody for parading themselves as secret cult members.

The Prosecutor, Insp Emmanuel Abdullahi alleged that the accused committed the offence on September 28, 2016 around 12:30 am at Oke-Atan Area in Ile-Ife.

Abdullahi said that the accused persons conspired within themselves to commit felony, house break-in, stealing, and paraded themselves as members of a secret cult.

He added that the accused conducted themselves in a manner that breached the peace of the community, armed themselves with an axe and resisted arrest by the Police officers.

According to him, the accused assaulted one Rafiu Abodi by using their knife to inflict injuries on him, which was injurious to his life.

The plea of the accused was not taken by Magistrate Olalekan Ijiyode. He asked their defence counsel, Mrs Olubunmi Salawu, to come with written application.

Ijiyode ordered the prosecutor to duplicate the case file to state ministry of justice and he remanded them at prison custody.

The case was adjourned the case till March 23 for hearing.

Cultists Renounce Membership, Get Pardon In Ogun

OgunThe government of Ogun State has granted pardon to some persons who renounced their membership to different cult groups.

The 25 cult members including students of the Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago-Iwoye and artisans were given amnesty by the Ogun State Police Command on the instruction of the State government.

While addressing them at a ceremony, the Ogun State Commissioner of Police, Abdulmajid Ali, warned youths against drug abuse and bad gangs identified to be the root cause of cultism.

Also launching the re-branded Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), Mr Ali warned officers and men of the command against excessive use of force, human rights violation and misuse of firearms which had resulted in the loss of many innocent lives.

The Commanding Officer of the Ogun State SARS, Bode Ojajuni, expressed optimism that the improvement would aid efforts to tackle insecurity in the state, such as the menace of armed robbery and kidnapping among others.

Cult activities in and around Ago-Iwoye in Ijebu-North Local Government of Ogun State in southwest Nigeria have led to loss of many innocent lives in recent times while robbery activities have been on the increase.

Students Accuse Nigerian Navy Of Lying

The Federal College of Fisheries and Marine Technologies has accused a Naval Rating officer with the Nigerian Navy of shooting two students of the college and denied that some students paraded by the Navy on Thursday for impersonating naval officers are students of the college.

The Navy paraded some students whom it accused of impersonating Naval officers, claiming they are students of the Federal College of Fisheries and Marine Technologies but the students and school authority are accusing the Navy of a cover up for the alleged shooting of two of their colleagues.

Some Naval Ratings were alleged to have shot at some of the students following an argument.

The Navy has however announced an inquest into the shooting incident.

Channels Television visited some of the students in the hospital where they have undergone surgery for gunshots as well as the college.